Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a very common stress injury and a painful progressive condition caused by a compression of a particular nerve (the median nerve) in the wrist or neck. This nerve controls the sensations to the palm (on the side of the thumb), as well as most of the fingers and is responsible for the pain and discomfort people often times experience.
Unfortunately, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is frequently misdiagnosed and so many individuals suffering from this condition will not receive the proper treatment they need. Since CTS produces painful and/or bothersome symptoms in the wrist area, and at times throughout the arm, doctors will often treat the wrist area not realizing that the problem can stem from the neck and not the wrist.
A brief explanation of what happens in the neck that leads to the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will help you understand this often-painful condition more clearly. The median nerve originates in the neck and travels under your collarbone, then down the center of your forearm and through the carpal tunnel to the hand muscles. The median nerve controls some of the sensory and motor functions in the hand. This nerve can become compressed anywhere along its course from the neck to the carpal tunnel. Misaligned bones in the neck, tight neck muscles, cervical (neck) ribs, shoulder dysfunctions, inflamed tendons, and misaligned carpal bones are capable of compressing or irritating the median nerve, resulting in the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. One of the primary reasons a medical practitioner or your family doctor may misdiagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often due to the doctor's inadequate training and/or experience in relieving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Therefore, a doctor would be making a mistake if he or she bases a diagnosis on the site of pain—often times the wrist area, instead of the neck area which often times may be the primary cause of this condition.
People with CTS may experience pain, numbness, burning and tingling in their fingers. Pain can and often does radiate from the wrist, toward the lower arm. Itchy numbness and the feeling as though the hand is swollen (even though it may not be) have also been reported as symptoms by some individuals with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
In 1998, an estimated three of every 10,000 workers lost time from work because of carpal tunnel syndrome. A new treatment could be a simple way to finally give people the pain relief they need, allowing them the ability to resume work, as well as their day to day activities.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment should begin promptly after diagnosis. Doctors who are not properly trained in diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may immediately recommend drugs, cortisone shots, or surgery. However, effective and non-invasive treatments are available without the harmful side effects of prescribed medication. Treatments can vary according to the cause of this condition. Again, hand pain can come about from the elbow, shoulder, or neck and may or may not be diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
At New Century Spine Centers, each patient with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome receives an in-depth evaluation and examination in order to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. After The doctors at New Century Spine Centers has pinpointed the area causing the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, treatment will begin with specialized chiropractic procedures to the specific area. Wrist Decompression Therapy, manual adjustments to the neck, and/or cold laser therapy may be included as a part of treatment, according to the diagnosis of the patient. All treatments are gentle, non-invasive, individualized, and get the job done for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
As a part of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment program, The doctors at New Century Spine Centers will provide an ergonomic evaluation, with appropriate recommendations to follow, in order to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from occurring in the future after Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been treated. The doctors at New Century Spine Centers is also certified as a physical trainer and teaches all patients the proper exercises needed to prevent future occurrences of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
If you would like to set an appointment to meet with The doctors at New Century Spine Centers in order to see if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the type of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you may have, and specific treatment that is available for you, please call our office at 619-630-9153. Do not delay in obtaining proper diagnosis and treatment of your condition.